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Eastern Promises continues Carol Spier's longtime association with director David Cronenberg, which has encompassed A History of Violence, eXistenz, Crash, M. Butterfly, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers, The Fly, The Dead Zone, Videodrome, Scanners, The Brood, and Fast Company as well as two television docudramas for the CBC's (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Scales of Justice and the short film Camera. She won Genie Awards for Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers, and was additionally nominated for The Brood, Videodrome, Scanners,and eXistenZ.
The native Canadian studied Interior Design at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture. She began her career as an interior designer in Winnipeg. During this period, she also worked as a set and costume designer with various theater groups, including the Manitoba Theater Center.
Ms. Spier's first movie work was on Leonard Yakir's The Mourning Suit, on which she served as set designer, set dresser, and property master. She then worked as an assistant art director on several feature films, including Sidney Lumet's Equus, and was later art director on such films as Norman Jewison's Agnes of God and John Schlesinger's The Believers.
Her many film credits as production designer include John Boorman's Where the Heart Is; Alan J. Pakula's Consenting Adults; John Pasquin's The Santa Clause; Guillermo del Toro's Blade II and Mimic; Stephen Norrington's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; and Christophe Gans's Silent Hill.
For television, Ms. Spier has notably designed the PBS/CBC series Anne of Green Gables, for which she won a Gemini Award [Canada's equivalent of the Emmy Award] for Best Art Direction; Lloyd Fonvielle's telefilm Gotham, for which she received a CableACE Award nomination; Kathy Bates's telefilm Dash and Lilly; and Rod Holcomb's miniseries Thanks of a Grateful Nation.